Strap a transmitter on your kids, never lose them again!

Posted Thursday, February 21, 2002 4:45 AM | Contributed by Shawn

Orlando's Wet 'n Wild water park is installing SafeTzone's new wireless locating system that allows parents to find the whereabouts of their children instantly. Parents go to a "location station" where a map of the facility will show the location of each child tagged with a wrist band that transmits a radio signal.

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Link: International Theme Park Services, Inc.

Thursday, February 21, 2002 4:50 AM
Wow, great idea.  Better than those leashes anyway.

On a semi-related note, it always cracks me up how, when at PKI, people always say, "Meet me under the Eiffel Tower."  Uh, that thing is huge!  I don't know how many times I've walked around in circles for 1/2-hour looking for someone under there.

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Thursday, February 21, 2002 6:23 AM
Is there an additional fee for this service? 

I'm heading to Orlando in March and was planning on picking up a 5-park pass...I'll visit WNW for no other reason than to slap these on CBaby and Da 'Midget.

Anybody for wristband hide-and-seek?


Thursday, February 21, 2002 6:29 AM
CBaby and Da 'Midget..  hahaha..  great nicknames! 
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Thursday, February 21, 2002 7:54 AM
stoogemanmoe's avatar Hey, that's funny. I been wondering when someone would come up with this idea. I'll have to use it when I go.
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Thursday, February 21, 2002 8:03 AM
This really IS a good idea.  I can think of some times it would have been useful for groups of ADULTS playing "scatter to the winds" at a park ;)

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Thursday, February 21, 2002 8:47 AM
I kinda like those leashes though. Harder on the parents but at least it keeps the kids away from everyone else.

I can't wait until they implement the "cage" method. Kind of like a pet check :)

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Thursday, February 21, 2002 9:03 AM
I sure could have used this at the Magic Kingdoem when my then 8 year old went to the bathroom 50 feet away and showed up again an hour and a half later.  Leashes don't work for the bathroom when your kids are the opposite sex.

Den:  I'm always specific about which of the displays by the tower we will meet at when we go to PKD.

Thursday, February 21, 2002 9:21 AM
You know it is going to cost extra.  I am kicking myself again.  I had thought about this for not only amusement parks but malls and FEC's and the like.  Stupid, stupid, stupid.  Somebody is going to make some money off of this.
Thursday, February 21, 2002 10:40 AM
The system was used last year at Wild Rivers in Irvine,  CA and turned out great.  They charge a $2 rental, but if you are a season passholder you could add the wristband for just $10 for the entire season.
Thursday, February 21, 2002 4:30 PM
I mentioned something about this type of transmitter earlier last year before, people thought It was crazy then it seems to be a hit now.

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Thursday, February 21, 2002 5:44 PM
Okay, so you go to the Location Station and you find out where your kid is. But by the time you get there, he/she may have moved to the opposite corner of the park

This won't stop any kidnappings either. In fact, it could lead to more child-related crimes just because the parents aren't around their kids.

Thursday, February 21, 2002 6:46 PM
Very cool! But this doesn't transmit an electrical signal does it? Not the best thing for a water park! :) It would be great if you could zap each other like they did on the Simpsons.....
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Thursday, February 21, 2002 7:17 PM
Water World in Denver had this a couple years ago.  But if I remember correctly, they got rid of it last year.  MAybe I just didn't notice it being there when I went.  Anyway, I agree with DarkHelmet.  Its fine to know where your kid is at any given time, but you don't know where your kid will be as soon as you step away from the screen.
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Friday, February 22, 2002 4:13 AM
Water World used the Park Watch system...who went out of business.  They still would have the system if it wasn't for that.  And this is not being used for preventing kidnappings...mainly a replacement for setting up meeting times that are always missed.  As for where your kid is when you step away from the screen, it's more likely that the kid will remain in that area.  There are multiple kiosks and locaters within the park so once the parent gets to area where the kid was last, they can check the nearest kiosk.  Also, you can leave messages so when the kid walks up to the kiosk, he can see mom & dad have left a message. 
Friday, February 22, 2002 6:56 AM
I read an article about a similar device that works off of the GPS satellites so you could use it anywhere (like a mall).  Of course, knowing the longitude and latitude of your kid isn’t much help without a map. 

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